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Acupuncture (針灸) and Chinese Herbal Medicine (中藥)

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practiced in China for more than 2000 years and plays an important role in the medical history of the world. However, it is different from the modern medicine originating from the western world.
TCM theory is based on the knowledge of the patient in the context of the whole organic body, emphasising the holistic, natural, comprehensive patient-centered treatments.
The very unique feature of TCM is that it goes to the root of a problem not just symptomatic control. It also enhances the intrinsic vital energy for health maintenance and disease prevention.
Based on yin-yang and five-elements theories, TCM practitioners utilise special techniques to tonify, detox, warm up and cool down different body systems – with the goal of restoring the body’s imbalance back to a healthy status.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help:

  • Skin problems (e.g. acne, eczema, skin allergies)
  • Infertility
  • Problems of female reproductive system (e.g. painful period, irregular period, premenstrual syndrome)
  • Musculoskeletal disorders (pain and tension)
  • Acute or recurrent respiratory tract problems (e.g. allergic rhinitis/hay fever, asthma, tonsillitis, upper respiratory infection)
  • Digestive system disorders (e.g. gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, gastroesophageal reflux)
  • Stress-induced troubles (e.g. sleep problem, chronic fatigue syndrome, muscle tension)
  • Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine may also support cancer surgery and therapy.

Common Q&A for Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine:

  1. What is the first recorded practice of acupuncture, and how this treatment originated in China?
    The practice of acupuncture was first recorded more than two thousand years ago. Ancient China was primarily an agricultural country and people were collecting fruits from trees and might also need to fight with animals to get food. When the branches of trees or certain parts of the animals accidentally poked onto their skin of certain parts of the bodies, their ailments got improved. After extremely long years of experience and accumulation of the therapeutic information, people could systematic reviewed such and then concluded the treatment value of stimulation of certain acupoints. This gradually evolved and formed the base of acupuncture theory.
  2. Through history, has acupuncture been practiced in other parts of the world outside of China? How did it spread?
    Due to the expansion of the China border and thus the cultural influence to the neighbouring countries at certain periods of time throughout the China history, acupuncture has been practiced in Japan and Korea for a very long time. The research and use of acupuncture in western world has also been receiving ever-growing attention since the international report of the anaesthesia effect of acupuncture in 1980’s.
  3. In modern times, how would you explain acupuncture as an effective form of medicine to skeptics who may question the “science” behind this type of treatment?
    The answer for this question depends on how you define “science”. I suppose most people are referring it to the “the most up-to-date scientific knowledge”. Nevertheless, what updated or not is just a relative concept. There had had actually a time when “the earth is the centre of the universe” was regarded as scientific, which apparently was proven wrong later. In my opinion, science should be defined as the best available evidence at a certain time point and there is no absolute science. The practice of acupuncture is based on systematic and comprehensive philosophy which could fully explain the evolution of the diseases and instruct the design of the treatment protocol for the patients. The more-than-two-thousand-years history of practice and the effective therapeutic effect for the whole Chinese population before western medicine was used in China in 19th century are undoubtedly the best available evidence for the value of acupuncture.
  4. Please explain the theory of the “meridian” and pressure points in TCM in relation to acupuncture.
    Meridians are the channels through which the vital energy (qi) and blood flow. There are twelve major meridians which connect different organ systems including heart, lung, spleen, kidney, liver, heart pericardium, large intestine, small intestine, stomach, gall bladder, urinary bladder, and triple warmer. They are the network linking the external and internal body parts. Additionally, there are eight extra meridians which are also very important in regulating the general body function. Meridians do not exist in anatomical form. Metaphorically, they are more like the orbits where the planets rotate around. There are no real tracks in the universe but one could trace how the planets move. Meridians are the routes where the qi and blood “travel”.
    By stimulation the acupuncture points on the meridians with strengthening or clearing techniques, the body organ systems would be restored to the balanced and healthy status.
  5. The idea of inserting needles into the body can cause some to feel uneasy. How is the level of pain experienced by acupuncture patients?
    I believe pain is not a proper term used to describe the feelings of patients having acupuncture. When we perform acupuncture, the desirable sensation felt by the patients is a temporary dull ache, numbness, or soreness. Some patients may also feel warmth or an energy flow in the body.

Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing. – Gabriel Mojay

Essential oils are the plant essence and life force and have very powerful effect on the body, mind and spirit and are wonderful tools to help go back to natural state of health and well being.

What kind of conditions can aromatherapy help with?

  • Stress, anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, depression
  • Hormone imbalance, painful/irregular periods, PMS, difficulty in conceiving, menopausal problems…
  • Muscular tensions, aches, pain, sport recovery
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Digestive problems (irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, etc.)
  • Respiratory problems
  • Poor circulation, fluid retention
  • Skin problems (eczema, acne, etc.)
  • Low immunity, fatigue
  • Pregnancy (morning sickness, swollen legs, labour, etc.)

Massage also has the following benefits:

  • Increases circulation
  • Assists detoxification, toxin elimination
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Deeply relaxes / energizes according to the objectives
  • Improves body image and general sense of well-being

Who can benefit from aromatherapy?

  • Infants
  • Children/Teenagers
  • Adults
  • Pregnant women (3 months onwards)
  • Elderly

Clinical Hypnosis

Clinical hypnosis is extremely useful as a quick and effective therapy for transformation if the client is not experiencing deep emotional distress. It can also be used in combination with psychotherapy.

For example, it is highly useful for treating unwanted habits such as grinding teeth, nail biting, fears of any kind, promoting healing, intimacy, confidence, concentration, relaxation, sports, academic or performance enhancement.

Sessions last an hour each and normally one to two sessions are required as each hypnotic script is customized to suit your individual needs. Hypnosis is highly effective for youngsters above 12 and adults alike.

Each session lasts for 1.5 hours and is HK1,750.

Kinesiology

Kinesiology is a powerful, integral and natural system of healthcare that has its roots in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) and Chiropractic methods. Kinesiology works on the basis that in order have total health and optimal state of wellness, we must look at the person as a complete whole. For example, factors that affect the physical body may not only influence other parts of the body but can influence the mind and emotions. When our body speaks to us in the form of dis-ease, pain, or dysfunction, we should listen and understand the true underlying messages that it is trying to send.

Catherine works with a wide range of conditions and will assist you to regain your natural state of balance by addressing not only the physical imbalances underlying your symptoms, but the emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual imbalances that may be influencing your health too.

Here are some of the areas that Catherine works with:

– Digestive Health, Inflammation, Toxicities, Detoxification support, Weight Loss
– Migraine, Phobias & Fears, Anxiety, Panic, Addiction
– Long Term stress, Burn Out, Depression, Insomnia
– Fertility, Menopause, PMS, Other Hormonal Issues and Thyroid Function
– Children Health and Learning Enhancement
– Asthma and Respiratory Issues
– Immune System deficiency and Allergies
– Relationship Issues, Emotional Traumas, Grief & Loss
– Life transition, Clearing limiting believes & Emotional blockages, Self-discovery & awareness

Muscle testing is a tool that enables Catherine to communicate directly with the nervous system, allowing her to locate and release any stored stresses, traumas or blocking emotions on an energetic level. Sometimes this is subconscious or even unconscious, and we are not aware of the impact it is having on our life. When we re-balance energetically up to the root cause of an issue, we create the space for some profound emotional, physical and spiritual healing.

Osteopathy

Osteopathy is a Manual Holistic Medicine which restores the mobility of various body structures. The philosophy of Osteopathy is that structure and function are interrelated and interdependent.

Osteopathy is based on assessing the link between mechanical dysfunction and related symptoms.

Our treatments aim to normalise the structure with different techniques so that it functions as efficiently as possible and suits everyone.

Treatments during pregnancy are no different. We aim to assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt and align as the pregnancy progresses with safe and efficient techniques, while making sure the mother is comfortable at all times.

Osteopathy and Acupuncture can be integrated during the same treatment in order to optimize the healing process in each patient.

Each Session lasts approximatively 45 min and assesses the body from head to toe.

Osteopathy on its own can treat various symptoms such as:

  • Lumbar, dorsal, cervical pain
  • Lower back pain due to pelvic girdle imbalance in Pregnancy
  • Pubic pain
  • Muscular or articular pain
  • Sciatica, cruralgia, pubalgia
  • Tendonitis, sprain, post surgery
  • Headaches, migraines , dizziness
  • Cervical Neuralgia NCB, Arnold Neuralgia
  • Tinnitus
  • Acid reflux or GERD, Colics
  • Constipation, diarrhoea
  • Fertility issues due to mechanical disorder
  • Baby’s feeding issues, Torticolis
  • Osteopathy may facilitate the quality of life of patients with chronic ENT Infections, Allergies, blocked tear duct
  • Anxiety Stress
  • Sleep disorder

Psychotherapy

Our practitioner, Nivedita, specializes in anxiety, depression and relationship issues. She uses an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that combines EMDR, CBT, Gestalt and mindfulness techniques.

If you are experiencing panic attacks, anxiety or depression due to an illness, a relationship, conflicts or work-related issues, Nivedita uses EMDR to help clients restore a balanced emotional state and also help the client find a resolution to their problems.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement De-Sensitization Reprocessing and does not rely only on talk therapy. The therapist directs eye movements in the client similar to what you see in REM sleep. This activates the left and right hemispheres of the brain to process distressing information in a much more balanced way. It harnesses neuroplasticity of the brain to change the way you feel and think.

Neuroplasticity is the idea that you can change your brain by activating neural pathways based on more adaptive thinking and re-processing of information and memories.

EMDR is a very safe and effective way to treat distressing thoughts and emotions and is used effectively on children, teenagers and adults alike.

Each session lasts an hour and therapy could involve 5 to 12 sessions depending on the issues. Each session lasts for 1 hour and fees are HK1,500.

Tuina

Tuina is a traditional Chinese therapy to treat musculoskeletal pain as a result injuries or degenerative disorders. Repetitive and skilful massage and manipulation in a short period of time are applied on the painful area by the practitioners. Tuina treatments could:

  1. reduce muscle tension
  2. reduce inflammation and swelling of strained muscles and joints
  3. unknot muscle cohesion
  4. improve local circulation
  5. relocate misplaced ligaments and joints

At the end of the session, Chinese herbal paste is applied topically so as to enhance the effectiveness of Tuina.

Yoga

Balance suppleness with strength (increases suppleness & strength in muscles to keep your body stable).

Boost energy and feel vital and dynamic (deepens breathing, boosts circulation &
energizes)

Release tension and calming the nervous system.

Proper breathing can tone up your entire system and enhance health & vitality. Breathing is the link between the physical and mental disciplines of Yoga. Correct exhalation cleanses the lungs and speeds the elimination of toxins from the body.

Class Description: Yoga involves synchronizing the breath with postures, a process producing intense internal heat and sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body and a calm mind. All the postures are done with proper breathing, because only through the proper incorporation of breathing and postures can one achieve a higher level of self consciousness.